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Army Tank-Automotive and Armament Command (TACOM) MACHINIST in Watervliet, New York


About the Position: The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army owned and operated manufacturing center located in NY. It is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations in 1813.Today it is relied upon by U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, high-powered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems. The Arsenal is the only location in the DoD that has a weapons research facility (Benét Laboratories) collocated with a manufacturing facility.


Manufacture parts and completes items of equipment from raw stock of different kinds of metals, metal alloys and other materials.

Perform work involved in the manufacture of items from castings, forgings, weldments and other fabrications through the use of machine tools.

Set up and operate machine tools such as lathes, vertical and horizontal boring mills, bench, plain or universal milling machines slotters, broaching machines, grinders, thread grinders, radial drills and numerically controlled machine tools.

Perform precision handiwork to finish, fit and assemble machined parts.

Use various bench mounted and hand held powered and nonpowered tools such as files, drills, reamers, wrenches and buffers.

Perform heat treating, soldering and welding.


Conditions of Employment


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision. Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Your resume must reflect experience which shows your ability to do the work of a Machinist without more than normal supervision which includes the ability to: (1) Perform machining operations using both conventional and Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools using close tolerances; (2) Set-up and operate a variety of machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, grinders and saws; (3) Interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches, and/or; (4) Knowledge of the use of tooling required to produce the features, tolerances and surface finishes to specifications. To meet the basic eligibility, you must receive at least two points on the screen-out element indicated above and must have an average of two points on all the job elements listed below. Your application will be further evaluated to determine if you meet the best qualified cut-off for referral to the selecting official. Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision Ability To Use Hand Tools for Machine Shop Ability To Use Shop Drawings Measurement and Layout Operation of Machine Tools Knowledge of Metals Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic) Physical Effort: Requires standing, stooping, bending and reaching. Frequent handling of objects weighing up to 10 pounds and occasionally objects weighing as much as 40 pounds, however, hoists, hand trucks, lifts, and other workers are available to assist with heavier items. Working Conditions: Works in a well lighted, heated, and ventilated shop with concrete floors. Exposed to dust from grinding, oil from machines, dirt, heat, noise, and fumes. Subject to the hazards of burns from hot metal chips, dust in lungs, cuts, bruises, and injuries to the hands from the use of machine and hand tools, skin irritation from contact with coolants, lubricants, and abrasive compounds, and subject to strains from infrequent moving, lifting, and handling of heavy items. Wears safety glasses, shoes, and other safety apparel and equipment as required. Education: N/A


Additional Information

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. Two year trial/probationary period may be required. Direct Deposit of Pay is required. Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees. If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet. This is a Career Program (CP) 17 position. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.